SMALGO System

SMALGO System

The Small animal ALGOmeter (SMALGO) system is a quick and reliable instrument to assess threshold sensitivity of the animal when applying a progressive force. A MUST for osteo-arthritis and pain studies!

  • Easy to use and reliable
  • Works for both rats and mice
  • Can be used to determine pain threshold with a progressive force
  • Can be used to screen drugs with a given force

Item# Description U.S. List Price Quantity
76-0600 Small Animal Algometer (0-1500 gr) Handled Version for Rodents
76-0902 Algometer for Big Animals
76-0906 Small Animal Algometer (0-1500 gr) Bench Version (can be Upgrated with Pincher and Von Frey) for Rat
76-0903 Spare SMALGO with Calibration Module Included for 76-0906 Bench Version
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The Small animal ALGOmeter (SMALGO) system is a quick and reliable instrument to assess threshold sensitivity of the animal when applying a progressive force. A MUST for osteo-arthritis and pain studies!

The SMALGO system fits on your finger (thumb or index) and allows applying easily a force or pressure on the desired location. Designed for OA quantification, it is generally used on the knee joint or on the lumbar vertebrae for low back pain assessment.

The threshold sensitivity of the animal is quickly and reliably found when applying a progressive force, this threshold is immediately displayed on the electronic device in grams or Newtons. SMALGO is also used to apply a given force, or a set force, for screening purposes. The small size of the algometer and its positioning perfectly fitting the thumb, allows the operator to act as if he was applying the pressure directly with his own finger.

Each sensor comes to fit both species RAT and MICE, two different round ends with different surface are provided to adjust the applied force on the specie.

Suplied with:
  • Carry case, mains adaptor 110/220 V
  • Control unit and its sensor (cable is 1 meter long)
  • 3 sensor tips 2,3,5 mm diam.
  • Software BIO-CIS included to display force curves and transfert data under MS Excel data sheet
  • RS-232-USB cable to plug it to a laptop under windows OS
  • Optional USB footswitch to reset the display with hands free
For user owning the Bioseb Von frey (EVF3) or Pincher units: the SMALGO sensor is available as an “add on” part to their electronic, including the force calibration module ready to plug (SMALGO-SPIP)
Specifications76-060076-090276-0906
Measuring Range0 to 1500 grams (15 N)0 to 1500 grams (15 N)0 to 1500 grams (15 N)
Sensitivity1 gram or 0.01 N)1 gram or 0.01 N)1 gram or 0.01 N)
Tips2, 3 or 5 mm in Diameter (stainless steel)2, 3 or 5 mm in Diameter (stainless steel)2, 3 or 5 mm in Diameter (stainless steel)
Sampling SpeedAutomatically detect the response to pain at 1000 HzAutomatically detect the response to pain at 1000 HzAutomatically detect the response to pain at 1000 Hz
Overload protection200%200%200%
DisplayExtra-large to read both Peak (threshold) applied force and Current Force value.Extra-large to read both Peak (threshold) applied force and Current Force value.Extra-large to read both Peak (threshold) applied force and Current Force value.
MemorySMALGO includes internal memory for 100 measures. Easy to use internal statistic package for quick check in between animal groups.SMALGO includes internal memory for 100 measures. Easy to use internal statistic package for quick check in between animal groups.SMALGO includes internal memory for 100 measures. Easy to use internal statistic package for quick check in between animal groups.
Outputto PC via RS232-USB and BIO-CIS dedicated software.to PC via RS232-USB and BIO-CIS dedicated software.to PC via RS232-USB and BIO-CIS dedicated software.
Powerfrom the Main or using the embedded rechargeable battery (8 hours) from the Main or using the embedded rechargeable battery (8 hours) from the Main or using the embedded rechargeable battery (8 hours)